Hope 2019 is treating you all well so far! In my world, it’s fun to see the year stretching out in front of me with so much opportunity and so many events on the calendar. I’m also
grateful to embrace a year where I’m a bit more settled than I was in 2018!
I am wary of the fact that I have a LOT to say to all of you (brevity has never been my curse…) and unfortunately email is my only mechanism at the moment. I hope you’ll bear with me as you begin and continue to get peppered with info from me – I’ll do my best to use good subject headings (I do have a library degree, after all!) so things don’t get missed by people who need to see them.
Many thanks to Terry Driscoll and Kim Wolff, we’re happy to announce that we’ve got a full slate of “Team Liasions” for every level of our program. The Liaison is a person or family who can coordinate with the Head Coach and the parents so that when things come up, the coaches can focus on coaching, and the parents feel equipped with good information and have a great experience. Our hope is for the liaisons to support a "Team Vibe" where parents feel like they're part of a smaller subset within the whole club. On the flip side, if issues arise, we hope that the Team Liaisons may be an avenue for families to communicate back to us what their experiences have been so we can address concerns quickly and efficiently. Liaisons listed below!
We’re always looking for ways to utilize our campus and our amazing facilities in the off season. This year we’re rolling out a summer “college camp” here at WVA that is open to any student-athlete (not just WVA, and not even just WVBBTS), looking for an intensive one-week test prep camp which will also be combined with fun, challenging, intensive off-snow workouts: workouts will be appropriate for committed athletes training for sport!
We’ve partnered with Knower Academics, a test prep center based in Plymouth, for the academic component. Knower instructors will lead two sessions daily of intensive test prep Monday-Thursday, and then on Friday each student will have a one-hour individual session to develop a summer study program and plan which takes into account their baseline test performance and their targets.
This camp is geared toward rising 10
grade students. Rising 9
graders may find the testing strategies useful, but should be prepared for content that may be above their current level. Sign-up process coming soon for this, but please feel free to let us know if you’re interested. Also feel free to forward to other families who might be interested and aren’t BBTS folks!
Thanks to everyone for checking in on my email earlier this week about midweek training. We’ve got two great options: Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bradford, and midweek days (5 pack) up here at Waterville with our academy program. A few clarifications: please notify us of your plans by Tuesday, and your point person for notification will be the corollary academy coach (U12/U14 – Jason Guilbert; U16 – Rich Smith)
Finally, I got to watch all our U12s and U14s throw it down on home snow during the Cardillo race. It’s always inspiring to see the little (and medium!) sized dudes compete as hard as they can, and I loved the energy and enthusiasm coming from all the kids. I’m so proud of every kid for giving it their best, and thanks to all the parents for keeping it positive and excited in the finish! Let’s keep it going through 2019!
Thank you all for your help, and please say hi to me when you see me around!